Clearing 2020

iQ's guide to Clearing

Didn't get the results you hoped for? Only now considering applying for university or a college degree? Don't panic, Clearing is here for you.

You’ll be spending the next few years studying. It’s well worth taking a bit of time to check out the university and course to assess whether it meets your needs. Don’t accept the first place you’re offered so you’ve ‘got something’.

Be prepared for results day itself, and you’ll feel a lot calmer if you have a plan in place.

Here are 8 easy steps to get you through Clearing:

1. Seek advice

Seek advice from an adviser, family and friends. Make sure you are aware of all the different options that you have access to.

2. Choose your course

UCAS provides a vacant search course tool. Use this to see the courses at universities across the UK that have space available.

3. Make and submit an application

You will need to do this to provide unis with your Clearing number and Personal ID.

4. Talk to your favourite unis

Before you add a Clearing choice in UCAS Track, call the uni to get an informal offer over the phone.

5. Update your choice in UCAS Track

By completing this step you are definitely accepting the offer. Remember you can only accept one course.

6. Apply for or update your Student Finance application

Let Student Finance know if you're changing uni or course. If you haven’t applied yet, applications can take up to 6 weeks.

7. Find your kind of student living

We operate 67 sites across 27 UK towns and cities, with a variety of en suite and studio rooms to choose from.

8. It's your move with iQ

With flexible start dates, cashback offers and no booking fee, you can feel confident when choosing iQ.

Finding accommodation during Clearing

Finding your university place is the first step, finding a place to call home at university is the second. Don't leave it too late, as availability is limited this time of year.

To book your room, choose your city, university or iQ property to get started.

Need to transfer a booking? Please contact the new site team you want to transfer into to see what’s possible.


It's your move

At iQ, you’ll find a safe, welcoming home away from home. With clean, modern accommodation, great onsite facilities and virtual clubs and events to keep you connected, every iQ makes the ideal base for your studies wherever you choose through Clearing.

Learn more about the changes we're making to make you feel comfortable and safe during the new reality that is COVID-19. 

We know things are less certain this year, so we’ve made booking your student accommodation for 2020/21 as flexible as possible. If your uni start date gets delayed, you can change your move-in date too. With no booking fee to pay and cashback offers too, it’s the smart way to find a great student home. Take a look at the great reasons to book with iQ. 


When is Clearing?

Clearing begins on 6th July 2020 and ends on 20th October 2020.

A-level results day is on Tuesday 4th August in Scotland and Thursday 13th August in England and Wales. You may find a wider choice of places available from 13th August, after results day.

Usually, the most popular courses fill their places during the first week of Clearing so it’s worth acting fast when you find something that suits you.


Is Clearing for me?

If you didn’t get the results you needed for your firm or insurance choices, yes. But there are other scenarios where you might want to make use of Clearing.

  • You applied before 30th June but did not receive any offers
  • You didn’t apply before 30th June – in which case, you will enter Clearing when you submit and make an application
  • You’ve changed your mind about your firm and insurance choices

Don’t feel obliged to go ahead with an existing offer if it no longer seems right for you. There may be a more suitable course for you available during Clearing – it’s your choice.

If your original choice is still top of your list, it is worth checking with the university you were planning to attend before you enter Clearing. If you’ve only just missed the grades they asked for, it’s possible they will still accept you. Check the UCAS website to see if it’s good news.


Where's the right place for me? Take advantage of Virtual Tours. 

Take a look around the campus – if you have the time, it's the best way to see what a university/college is like – most will be happy to meet you and show you around. Alternatively, see if they have a virtual tour or a virtual open day.

You could even book a private virtual tour around one of our properties. We have 67 properties across 27 cities. Find us in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Edinburgh and many more.


There is still enough time to book your accommodation for university and visit an open day

Clearing FAQs

Key dates throughout Clearing

  • Thursday 6th July 2020 - Clearing opens
  • Friday 6th July 2020 - International Baccalaureate results day
  • Thursday 6th August 2020 - A-level results day in Scotland
  • Thursday 13th August 2020 - Adjustment opens
  • Thursday 13th August 2020 - A-level results day in England and Wales
  • Friday 21st September 2020 - Final deadline for applications
  • Tuesday 20th October 2020 - Applications close

I have already booked a room, can I transfer to another iQ location?

You can transfer your booking to another iQ location near a different university. You won’t need to pay another booking fee. But room transfers are subject to availability. Contact the site team you want to transfer into to see what’s possible.

Our phone lines get busy this time of year. If you can't get through, send us an email or start a LiveChat.

I'm ready to book - do I have to pay a booking fee to secure a room at iQ?

There’s no booking fee to pay when you book your room with iQ. 

See our other offers for 2020/21 bookings.

I'm worried about sharing communal spaces during COVID-19, can I have my own space?

Many sites offer the convenience of self-contained living – with a studio all you need is in your room, so you don’t have to share a kitchen and living area. 

Find out how we're creating a safe, welcoming home away from home for you. 

I'm not sure about my course start dates, can I move in later or earlier?

If your course start date is delayed, you can move the start date of your iQ contract. You’ll only pay for the time you stay. Read our Flexible Start Dates T&Cs. 


What if my university subsequently brings the start date of their academic year forward?

You will need to revert to either your original tenancy start date, or the penultimate Saturday before the new term start date if this is later. Check out our flexible start dates T&Cs. 

Can I choose any start date?

If your university postpones the start of its 2020/21 academic year by more than 7 days, you can choose any date up until the penultimate Saturday before this date. The latest date you could choose is Saturday 31st October 2020. See more in our Flexible Start T&Cs

Can I move in January 2021?

We have short contracts, semester contracts and January starts across a range of our sites. If you've found a property you like, talk to the site team directly to find the best fit for you. Submit an enquiry and the team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Useful links 


iQ Life

It may feel stressful right now, but don’t let the stress get to you. Keep a cool head, act quickly and you can still secure a great place to live. Visit iQ Life to be inspired on room decoration, see the resident benefits and tune into our Spotify playlist.

Take a look inside iQ through the eyes of @iQstudents sharing their favourite places and spaces across the UK using #MyiQLife on Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat and Facebook.